Abby Zimet, Further columnist

Abby Zimet has written CD's Further column since 2008. A longtime, award-winning print journalist for newspapers and magazines, she lived in the Maine woods for about a dozen years before moving to Portland in 1983. Having come of political age during the Vietnam War, she has long been involved in women's, labor, anti-war, social justice and refugee rights issues.

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Monday, March 02, 2020
Biden: "You Know, The Thing." Yeah, Sure, Let's Go With This Guy.
Even as anti-Bernie Dems - Amy, Pete, Beto - rush to embrace his deeply deficient campaign, Joe Biden repeatedly, woefully, wincingly shows he's not up to the task. A "gaffe machine" with a past of dodges, lies, fumbles and oblique racist blunders, Biden just lost it in Texas: Trying to recite the Declaration of Independence, he melted down into, “All men and women created by, go, you know, you know the thing.” No. We don't. Is this really the best we can do? No. We won't.
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Sunday, March 01, 2020
To Redeem the Soul of America
Arguing "we're one people," tireless icon and "the conscience of Congress" John Lewis joined thousands at Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the 55th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," the seminal civil rights moment when 600 voting rights activists, including him, were viciously attacked by state troopers. With voting rights now imperiled - and despite fighting cancer - Lewis urged people to "speak up, speak out, get in the way...We must go out and vote like we never, ever voted before."
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Friday, February 28, 2020
Torture, Still: You Will Never See Your Child Again (Or If You Do She/He Will Be Unrecognizable)
Despite two rare victories at the border, including a court blocking the illegal, barbaric "R emain In Mexico" policy that's left 60,000 migrants stranded and often abused, over 5,500 children still languish in Trump's cages. Now for the first time doctors have said the "beyond shocking" separation of kids from their families - and their ensuing trauma - constitutes torture. And the cruelty persists: New concentration camps, new threats from an unmoored Trump. Advocates plead, "Don't Look Away."
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Thursday, February 27, 2020
Pence At CPAC: All Right Now
Because what else would he be doing these days, Mike Pence just spoke at CPAC, the wingnut-studded "choleric mud puddle at the heart of the right-wing fever swamp" where this year's theme is the "coup" against Trump and the evils of socialism. Given the (non-existent ) virus threat, Pence declared "this is no time for partisanship” before ripping Obama and Dem socialists; when a Trump impersonator appeared, he was drowned out by zealous "USA!" chants, but non-partisan so it's all right.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
There Is No Reason To Panic Because We Have Done Very Very Good On This Coronavirus Thing Which Anyway Is Just the Flu Also Dems Are Bad and Go USA!
OK people, we can all relax because Dear Leader, who got his medical degree from Trump University, and Mike 'Who Needs Science When You Have the Rapture' Pence are taking care of the alleged coronavirus pandemic so what could go wrong? At a disjointed briefing, Trump assured us, "We're very, very ready for this," though he spelled it caronavirus and gutted CDC health funding and experts say it's "inevitable" the virus will spread, but it's Pelosi's and Obama's fault so all good.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
On the Slimy Lies She Tells and Games She Plays and Company She Keeps
Jesus, we wish the ever-appalling Susan Collins would go home already. Instead, in recent days she welcomed racist, moronic, mini-Trumpster Paul Lepage back to Maine, whined about opponents' dark money ads she herself cast the deciding vote for a decade ago, lied (again) about the 2017 tax scam she voted for, voted for one of two grotesque GOP anti-abortion bills, and said she's kinda disappointed by another insane Trump personnel pick. And yes, she furrowed her contemptible brow.
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Sunday, February 23, 2020
Taking It Back: Your Sons and Your Daughters Are Beyond Your Command
The Bernie surge has sparked talk of "a wake-up moment for the American power establishment," from Democratic leaders to panicked media. It's also exposed the hunger for change of those enduring this unholy regime, and the need to see a way out. With calm, lucid perspective, historian Heather Cox Richardson offers it: Oligarchs also stole democracy - government, media, courts - in the 1850s, 1890s, 1920s. Now as then, young people and many others, speaking up and showing up, can take it back.
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Saturday, February 22, 2020
I Respectfully (Fiercely) Dissent: Sotomayor Says the Quiet, Terrifying Parts Out Loud
Taking the rare, brave step of ripping her complicit colleagues, Justice Sonia Sotomayor just wrote a scathing dissent on a SCOTUS ruling approving Trump's "public charge rule" - a cruel, nativist, likely illegal wealth test to keep out immigrants - in the name of one more "emergency" that threatens "irreparable harm" to the country. By increasingly doing the bidding of "one litigant over all others," she charged, Court right-wingers are doing irreparable harm to justice itself.
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Thursday, February 20, 2020
A (Bare) Glimmer of Hope
Amidst the venality, small good news from Arizona, where a judge sided with humanity and migrants arguing that conditions in U.S. concentration camps are "punitive and violate the Constitution" - thus meagerly gifting them, after a five-year lawsuit, a voice, a blanket and decent food. It's one of several rulings against Trump's barbarity to newcomers - who, in a stirring, buoyant citizenship ceremony in Maine this week, vitally reminded us America's still here, just waiting to be reclaimed.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Pardoning the Swamp
In what was a good day for rich male felon low-lifes and a "legal dumpster fire" for anyone with a lingering belief in justice, the Mobster-In-Chief offered clemency to a bunch of white-collar criminals, possibly in a test run for letting off Roger Stone, Manafort, Flynn etc. Most egregiously, Trump freed R od Blagojevich, who famously tried both to sell Obama's Senate seat and extort a children's hospital for campaign money, because "he seems like a very nice person." Up next: Hannibal Lector.
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